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NATO Reconfirms Afghan War Will End Responsibly

NATO commanders say the mantra of the Afghan alliance has been "in together, out together." That means keeping combat forces in the country through 2014 — even though some member countries like France plan to bring their troops home sooner.

White House Balances Money, Security In Afghanistan

The White House is urging war-weary NATO leaders to dig deeper into their pockets to share the commitment to get Afghanistan's forces to stand up on their own so U.S. and NATO forces can pull out in 2014. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Ben Rhodes, White House spokesperson on national security issues.

NATO Buzzword: 'Sustainment' In Afghanistan

World leaders are gathered in Chicago for a two-day NATO summit starting Sunday morning. This is the third time the U.S. has hosted a NATO summit since the alliance was formed, and the first time it's being held in a city other than Washington, D.C. As NPR's Jackie Northam reports, the agenda will center on a theme: Afghanistan.

The View Of The War From Afghanistan

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Julie McCarthy in Islamabad and Quil Lawrence in Kabul about the situation on the ground in that region of Afghanistan.

Updated: French President Sticks By Quicker Troop Withdrawal Schedule

New French President Francois Hollande said he wants his nation's 3,300 troops home from Afghanistan by year's end. He also said France would support effort in a "different way."

NATO Summit To Reaffirm Afghan Commitment

The NATO summit in Chicago is meant to showcase a unified, long-term commitment to Afghanistan after the 2014 troop drawdown. The U.S. already signed a strategic security pact with Afghanistan, pledging support for the country until 2024. The Obama administration is looking for other nations to commit as well during the summit.